CFL Blitz: Referees must stop calling so many penalties

A referee separates Lions player Jamall Johnson (left) and Alouettes player Nicolas Boulay (right)...

A referee separates Lions player Jamall Johnson (left) and Alouettes player Nicolas Boulay (right) during CFL action in Vancouver on July 19, 2014. (Carmine Marinelli/QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:00 PM ET

Last week in this space we defended CFL officials for almost always getting the calls correct this season.

Now it's time to take them to task for the number of flags they are throwing, because they are doing it way too often.

The biggest problem with the number of penalties being called is it has taken the thrill out of the game. Whenever there is a big play or a kick returner is making a long run to the end zone, fans aren't enjoying the moment. They are looking for a flag.

"Players do the same thing," a former CFL player recently told the Blitz. "It harms the fan experience."

The former CFLer pointed out that there are hardly any flags in an NFL game, and he's right. The average NFL game has about 13 penalties; this year the CFL has averaged 23 infractions per contest. The average in the CFL over the last three years was about 18 penalties, and that's still too many.

So the CFL needs to stop calling penalties by the book.


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